Our single is going to be here REALLY SOON! WE PROMISE! In the meantime we thought we’d share the ins and outs of what goes into organising a release!
WRITING AND CHOOSING THE SONG
Franny wowed me when she showed me the beginnings of Let the River Flow. I loved the strong and striking words, and the chorus tune got stuck in my head straight away! I knew it was going to be a ripper!! After workshopping the song together, rewriting the verse melody, adding more piano, altering the form and throwing in a bunch of vocal harmonies, the song was finally complete.
Franny and Zooey:
At the time of writing this song we had several other songs we could have chosen from for our new release, and we really struggled with this decision. The deciding factor was that we wanted to choose a song that contrasted to our last release – My Love. As much as we love a good love song - trust me, we’ve written plenty - we wanted to stray away from this theme and release a song that tackled a different issue. This resulted in us choosing Let the River Flow, a song which protests against the oppression of minority groups within society. This will be elaborated on further in a future blog, once the song is released.
RECORDING AND PRODUCING THE SONG
Before we went into the studio to record any of the instruments, we did a bunch brainstorming, explored mood boards, looked for inspiration from other songs, practised tirelessly and had a jam sesh or two with our BFF Amelia <3. Amelia came up with the amazing tribal-drum beat that we have running throughout the song. What. A. Legend. ;)
We finally went into the studio to meet with our expert producer - Luke August (would highly recommend!). We got stuck into recording the piano and also added our vocals to the mix. Then the real fun began! Over a few sessions we added in multiple instruments, recorded harmonies and played around with the jungle-drum beat. All of this really helped to shape and bring the song to life. It’s a feisty, fiery song and, by adding the guitar, a low drone, drums, strings, breath and more, we feel it only helped to express the mood and highlight the message of the song.
PROMO SHOOTS AND SINGLE COVER
This time round we really dedicated time to capturing some awesome promo shots. Luckily, we have a pretty creative family and photography runs in our blood. Whilst we were at Kangaroo Island we really worked hard to capture some shots with the natural world. It’s a funny process to go through – naturally we are very energetic and smiley people, so taking some of the more serious candid shots can be quite intimidating. Thankfully, having people around you who don’t judge and make you feel completely comfortable really helped us through this new process. It actually was a lot of fun! We used the same outfits that would be used for the music video to create continuity and really focused on creating mood (again) to resonate with the mood of the song.
PLANNING, FILMING AND EDITING A MUSIC VIDEO
When I first wrote this song, I had these visions of us making a music video with us drumming in the woods! I didn’t think we would actually be able to pull it off… but somehow, we did.
Franny and Zooey:
There is a lot of planning when it comes to creating a music video. Firstly, we needed to sit down and create our vision. The song itself is a protest, so we knew we wanted to have a group of people protesting as part of the music video. Then there was also the crazy idea of us drumming in the woods! To flesh it out further we decided to add another component and incorporate a sole person running, which would add a storyline element to the video. So that we had a solid idea of how this would all come together, we put it all into a storyboard and sent it off to our videographer – Ben Morgan (also would highly recommend).
Next we had to figure out locations. We decided we would film the group of protesters in a grassy, green area near home. We wanted to be a bit ambitious with the second location and scouted around for an epic forest. We knew we’d found the PERFECT place when we took a drive out to the Warburton Redwood Forest. What an amazing place! After organising our permit, we were all set.
Lastly, we had to consider costumes and props. We wanted our look to resemble the flowing of a river (to match the name of the song - Let the River Flow). We took a trip to Ishka and ended up finding our costumes – 2 flowy white dresses. We thought they would be an awesome contrast against the dark browns and greens of a forest. For props, we made a bunch of protest signs using lyrics from our song and somehow managed to find two reasonably priced drums off Gumtree!
We had a pretty dreary day for the first day of filming, but this just added to the mood and ambiance so we couldn’t complain! During the first day we shot all the scenes with the protesters. It was so fun having so many friends and family on board to help us out! Can’t thank them enough! <3
The next day we headed off to Warburton with Ben, our cameraman, Tomer, our “runner” and Charlie, our… number one fan!? (Isn’t that right, Charlie? :p). We were there ALL day filming take after take. The first half of the day was taken up filming shots of Tomer running. He was amazing!!! He managed to round up 20,000 steps in 4-5 hours! What a trooper haha!! During the second half of the day we fulfilled our crazy vision and filmed shots of us drumming in the woods! OHH YEAHH! So many people passing by were like umm… what!? Last shot was of us standing in a river which was BEYOND COLD… but we got some amazing shots, so it was definitely worth it.
Now we are onto the editing. We’ve done one initial look at the footage, and what Ben has managed to capture is just incredible! Can’t wait to see how it all comes together. STAY TUNED AND GET EXCITED <3